Wow - so long since my last post on this blog. Well what happened? The pandemic for one. A frightening time for us all and while the United States is opening up, other countries still bear many restrictions and even in the US, we continue to be mindful of others, wearing our masks still in public and noting that booster shots and even a newer variant may put us again at risk. So, while we are optimistic, hope all of you remain cautious, even if not for you but for those around you.
And during this time, I turned to an opportunity presented: an examination of several aspects of live theatre, one totally photographic and another I am researching and photographing to become a book for children and young adults. The latter I'll be able to resume working on very soon, I hope.
I have to say that the best activity during this truly scary and isolating time was to read ... and read I did, from wonderful prose that has aways interested me to an exploration into all sorts of curious subjects. Best, back to some of my favorite illustrated books for youth. What a marvelous time to explore, relax and gain inspiration from words and images.
Others must have done so as well as LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME, most recently in its 25th Anniversary Edition, appeared on numerous book lists during this time, including several that recommended it as the perfect book for young children during the pandemic. ALSO appearances on MSNBC and Good Morning America; a visual recommendation from Bridgerton's first season heartthrob, Regé-Jean Page (!), my favorite Basquiat dragon (Pez Dispenser) appearing on the Coach Store window on New York City's Fifth Avenue!
I am always being sent LIFE's appearance in bookstore windows, including lots of US bookstores, but also in England, Germany, France and South Africa among many others! So glad to see it in company with all my favorite books, many art books, (child and adult) but many others including ELOISE!!!!
BTW, LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME now has its own page on FB, and a fun page on Instagram at #lifedoesntfrightenme ! Love seeing especially drawings inspired by Jean-Michel and word interpretation by readers of Maya Angelou's l978 poem!
... a few screen captures...